When you live a bust lifestyle and can be challenging to fit in the suggested amount of exercise each week, even if you know it’s one of the best things you can do for your body and your energy levels. If you can’t get to the gym for a full on uninterrupted and hard-core workout most days of the week, whatever you do don’t give up on the concept all together. Here are some ways to work some more fitness into your day even with the busiest of schedules.
If it is possible for you to get to work by foot or bicycle, that can be a great way to get your exercise in. Walking is great for you even when the intensity doesn’t make you break a sweat as intense as a run does. Walking at a quick pace will still raise your heart rate and provide some cardiovascular benefits. If you take public transportation to work and can even get off a stop or two earlier that can give you a boost as well.
Another way to get more exercise into your day is to simply make room for it. If you tend to stay up late watching TV in bed, maybe start cutting that shorter so you can get to bed earlier. Then you can wake up earlier and get something like exercising done in the morning. This requires some commitment but most things worth doing do.
If you can get a workout on your lunch break at work you will also be boosting your energy levels. This can help you avoid that dreaded afternoon slump that is so hard to bounce back from when you are waiting to be done working for the day. Try this and you might even be able to cut back on your afternoon coffee, which in turn will allow you to get to bed sooner at the end of the day.
If you can’t step away from the desk, you can always add some exercises around your desk. Try standing during phone calls to keep your body moving, and do pushups and triceps dips off you desk every so often. Whenever you can walk to talk to someone as opposed to emailing them you can increase your daily steps. Things like this sound small but overtime they can really add up.
If you are a mom try to plan more activities where the kids can come along and be active. Strap little ones into a jogging stroller or hit the track at a school after hours and let the kids run wild while you do laps. (Just make sure to go during hours that the track is available to the public.) You can also do things like squats and lunging while you (carefully) hold a baby. They will be entertained and you will be toning.
If you feel like you are going to miss out on social events because of your exercise routine, try inviting your friends along or even reaching out to new ones at the gym you attend. Making it fun is a great way to stick with it.